MTA revamping ramps to Verrazano approach

Ramping up: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is installing a new ramp connecting the Gowanus Expressway’s existing high-occupancy vehicle lane to one being built on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. It is also re-jiggering two ramps connecting the Belt Parkway to the span.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is rebuilding and moving ramps on the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge — stirring up what the bridge’s original engineer called a “spaghetti pile” of existing ascents — in an effort to speed along drivers on the Gordian knot of interchanges tying the bridge to the Belt Parkway and Gowanus Expressway.

“The project will involve the construction of a new ramp which will weave its way through the spaghetti pile formed by the existing and complex ramp network forming the Brooklyn approaches to the bridge,” according to a memo from Ammann & Whitney, the firm that designed the bridge and which is overseeing construction on the new ramps.

Workers are erecting a new approach to connect the Gowanus Expressway’s existing high-occupancy vehicle and bus lane to one the authority is creating on the bridge, according to a spokeswoman.

It is also re-jiggering a small portion of the ramps connecting the 50-year-old span to the Belt Parkway to make room for the new lane, but drivers won’t notice a difference once the work is done, she said.

Connecting commuter lanes on the bridge and the Gowanus Expressway will help folks navigate the perennially-snarled interchange where the two link up, an official said.

“The new Bus/HOV lane on the bridge will be a great benefit to all who use it,” said Verrazano-Narrows Facility Engineer David Riggs. “It is the missing piece of the puzzle that will save people time and improve traffic flow daily.”

The authority is putting money in the embankment — the project is expected to cost $84.3 million, and work is slated to wrap by the end of 2017, an authority spokeswoman said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

ty from pps says:
and bike lanes, we need bike lanes.
May 1, 2015, 7:41 am
RR from Brooklyn says:
It's time for the Verrazano to get bike paths.
May 1, 2015, 8:17 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
I know those are just dumb comments above, but the original design of the bridge actually included facilities for both bicycles and pedestrians, but that feature was never built. That said, this is a HUGE artificial hill. It would never be a very popular commuting route by bicycle...

Though, they could include one of these:
May 1, 2015, 9:36 am
ty from pps says:
and the toll for bicycles should be $8. but unicycles should be $4.
May 1, 2015, 10:49 am
TOM MURPHY from Sunset Parc Lower says:
Note that these "improvements" in Bay Ridge give no direct benefit to Bay Ridge. They are meant to carry only "Through Traffic". Traffic from the VNB will have easier access to the Gowanus Expressway and the Belt going east. The express buses will not stop and pick-up any commuters in Bay Ridge.

There is an indirect benefit to Bay Ridge ONLY if this traffic stays on the Gowanus or the Belt. What's the chances of that?
May 1, 2015, 3:53 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
One could improvement is to give a good advance notice on what lanes to be in for those who tend on using the bridge and those who aren't, so that they won't end up going in the wrong ones by accident.
May 1, 2015, 8:38 pm
Rob from Williamsburg says:
I've unicycled over the Verranzano. It was the Unicycle Bridge Tour's 100th NYC crossing.
May 1, 2015, 9:59 pm
Fred Cappadonno from Bay Ridge says:
Asinine. NOTHING will 'fix' the Gowanus in any direction, ever, it's just pissing more money away.

And yes, if we're just going to make work, make the bike path, which at least will be tourist boon on both sides of the bridge.
May 2, 2015, 12:58 am
Mary Capriano says:
"Spaghetti Pile"?!?! Anti-Italian racism is alive and well!
Call the workers WOPs? That's a spicy meatball!
May 2, 2015, 8:56 am
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
The open air space over the Gowanus expressway in Bay Ridge can be covered with park space. The MTA may consider building a tram or light rail route from Sunset Park 59 ST to Staten Island via the bridge
May 2, 2015, 11:04 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Well, luckily the MTA has lots of extra cash... oh, wait...
May 2, 2015, 8:06 pm
Frank from Bay Ridge says:
A bike lane is necessary.
May 3, 2015, 4 pm
mayor bloomburger from city hall says:
say no to bikes, witches
May 10, 2015, 7:05 pm

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